Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning

Global Centre for Work Applied Learning

Work-Applied Learning (WAL)

Work-Applied Learning (WAL) is an effective, practical process of team-focused learning and organisational learning. Relevant to the immediate workplace or community setting, and designed to promote innovation, continuous improvement and effect continuing positive change in those settings.

The WAL process is an extension of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) approach. Whereas WBL is focused on individual and team learning to create and apply knowledge in their workplace, WAL focuses on organisational learning as well as individual and team learning. This has a flow on effect improving the manager’s contribution to their immediate team and also a wider organisation.


The Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning (GCWAL) is an independent research and consultancy centre that works with organisations and communities to build continuing positive change and increased managerial effectiveness using Work-Applied Learning (WAL).

GCWAL is committed to contributing to knowledge and improved practices of WAL including Work-Based Learning (WBL) and disseminating this pioneering knowledge globally.

Innovative Change Practitioner Programme

Action Learning, Action Research Association Ltd (ALARA) has joined in a strategic alliance with GCWAL to promote the Innovative Change Practitioner Programme. The Programme is based on GCWAL's Work-Applied Learning model, and is an integrated Action Research and Action Learning approach (ARAL). Find our more here.


The WAL for Change conference has become an annual research event organised by the Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning. The Conference involves presentations and group discussions, providing participants with the opportunity to reflect on their own practices, research and organisational projects/programmes with the Work-Applied Learning concepts and practices introduced.

After the successful Conferences in 2013, 2014, 2015 and Congress in 2016, the Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning, presented the 2017 WAL for CHANGE Conference in Adelaide, South Australia. Please visit here for more details.